The Failure of Success
This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of the anti-rape movement, which is considered one of the most successful projects of second wave feminism. It then sets out the book's purpose, namely to document the continued widespread resistance of community institutions to taking rape seriously and describe the marginalized and politically vulnerable position of local rape crisis centers (RCCs). It tells this story through a series of rich, comparative, qualitative case studies. The data include interviews with 167 rape care advocates working at 112 local RCCs in six states across the country: Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Washington. The remainder of the chapter discusses the fundamental failure of rape law reforms and the anti-rape movement as a product of the struggle for women's liberation. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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